Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rep Roy: What's happening in the district - September 2015 newsletter

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Rep. Roy's Pay it Forward bill highlighted in this WBZ News report.

Paying it forward on college costs

We all know parents and students are struggling with the soaring costs of college. This year, I filed a proposal to help students get an education without being swallowed up by debt. It's called called Pay it Forward and it is the subject of House Bill No. 1062

Under this program it wouldn't cost students anything to go to college while there. And after graduation, students wouldn't be thousands of dollars in debt. Instead, they pay for their education by having a small percentage taken out of their paychecks over the next 20 or 30 years. The exact amount would depend on their actual income.

The bill was considered by the Joint Committee on Higher Education at its "Investment and Funding" hearing last week. I will keep you posted on its progress in future newsletters. Of course, there are pros and cons, and that's precisely why the proposal calls for a study of the Pay It Forward model. And we are looking at similar approaches being considered in Washington and Oregon as well.

You can learn more about it by clicking on the WBZ News report video above.

This proposal is one of the many ways your legislature is working to make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Please continue to share with me your thoughts on this bill and any other ways you think we can be of assistance.

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